Apache Spark Shell Command Injection Vulnerability (CVE-2022-33891) Alerts

Apache Spark Shell Command Injection Vulnerability (CVE-2022-33891) Alerts

July 21, 2022 | Jie Ji


Recently, NSFOCUS CERT detected that Apache officially released a security bulletin and fixed a command injection vulnerability (CVE-2022-33891) in Apache Spark. Since the Apache Spark UI enables acl through the configuration option Spark.acl.enable, by using an authentication filter, it is possible to check if a user has access to view or modify the application. When the acl configuration is enabled, the code in the HttpSecurityFilter will allow some users to provide arbitrary usernames for impersonation. Attackers can use this function to construct Unix shell command requests to execute arbitrary shell commands. At present, the vulnerability EXP has been made public, and it has been detected that it is being exploited in the wild. Please take measures accordingly.

Apache Spark is a distributed open source processing system for big data workloads. It uses in-memory caching and optimized query execution for fast analytical queries on data of any size. It provides development APIs in Java, Scala, Python, and R, enabling code reuse across multiple workloads—batch processing, interactive querying, real-time analytics, machine learning, and graph processing, etc.

Reference link: https://lists.apache.org/thread/p847l3kopoo5bjtmxrcwk21xp6tjxqlc

Scope of Impact

Affected version

  • Apache Spark <= v3.0.3
  • 3.1.1 <= Apache Spark <= 3.1.2
  • 3.2.0 <= Apache Spark <= 3.2.1

Unaffected version

  • Apache Spark >= v3.1.3
  • Apache Spark >= v3.2.2
  • Apache Spark >= v3.3.0


Official upgrade

At present, the official has fixed the vulnerability in the latest version, and affected users are requested to upgrade the version as soon as possible for protection. The official download link: https://spark.apache.org/downloads.html


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